EDIT: The following is a post I somehow saved as a draft instead of posting! So, this is news that is MONTHS old but with recent comments by NH’s Frank Szabo, still very relevant.
Original Post Follows:
As I read through the various news articles on the firebomb attack on a Wisconsin Planned Parenthood I became disturbed at lack of anti-choice condemnation. Below is evidence of these reactions that often border on support of this terrorists actions. Anti-choice groups are capable of encouraging their followers to commit acts of vandalism and violence. These reactions are surely just a sampling of the comments in support of violence that echo among anti-choice activists worldwide.
Comment on HuffPo Article
Comment on Washington Post Article
Comment on TPM Article
Different TPM Article
Article from The Last Word blog
Comment on USA Today Article
Comment on CBS Article
“Reverend” Spitz weighed in on an Examiner Article
Repeat of this comment appears HERE
My best advice is to contact the clinic directly and offer your services. They may not have an escort program in place. I am about to upload a basic guide to escorting that you are free to print out, present, and use to develop an escorting program perfect for the clinic you visit.
If one clinic seems completely uninterested in your volunteerism offer, try another. If everyone shoots you down try and find a local NOW or NARAL chapter and see if they have any volunteer opportunities :)
Stay tuned. I plan to have escort guide uploaded and good to go by 11:59 PM 8/30/2012 (Tomorrow night lol).
p.s. Thanks for your message. I have been SLACKING with my website and it is time to get active again! You are my inspiration and motivation :)
The pro-life movement often labels itself as “life-affirming” and as engaging in a “Culture of Life”. When your political and ideological movement specifically targets women’s bodies and futures, you better have a good reason backing you up. So-called “pro-lifers” always cite ethics and moral responsibility when questioned about their beliefs, in fact many genuinely believe they are fighting a moral fight.
The anti-choice, “pro-life”, movement at its core is NOT about defending life. It is about controlling women by controlling their fertility. While many would like to debate this idea, the current trend in celebrating women who die for the sake of an unborn child is hardly a pro-woman action.
Note: I 100% appreciate anyone who commits to personal beliefs enough to give up their own life. I am in no way criticizing the brave women who, led by their faith, gave their lives for their children. My heart goes out to their children, their surviving families, and the communities that loved them.
I am angered by the religious culture that would indoctrinate a woman into the belief that giving up her life, especially when she already has children alive in this world who need her, is a noble and holy cause.
June 13, 2012 - Chiara Corbella died as a result of complications from cancer that went untreated due to her pregnancy. The treatments could have harmed or terminated the pregnancy so she went without. Corbella is Catholic and the Catholic church forbids a woman to obtain abortion for ANY reason.
April 28, 1962 - Gianna Molla dies 7 days after delivering via c-section. Was advised to seek abortion and hystorectomy for pregnancy that posed serious risks to her life. Catholic.
August 16, 2011 - Stacie Crimm, of Ryan, OK, refused chemotherapy for her aggressive brain tumor for fear it would hurt her unborn child. Doctors had to deliver 2-pound Dottie prematurely.
November 22, 2011 - 17 year old Jenni Lake declines cancer treatments for to carry pregnancy to term. Died 7 days after giving birth.
Again, I deeply respect these women’s choices and understand that their choices were motivated by deeply held beliefs that should in no way be diminished.
What I wonder is the choices these women would have made if their church taught them that they themselves are human beings worthy of being valued and loved. Of course, I am biased by my own beliefs on when life starts but I cannot ignore the deep heartache I feel that the majority of these women felt compelled by religious teachings that shame them for wishing to stay alive and not sacrifice their life for the developing life inside of them.
What upsets me further is these cases are being used to further political arguments against abortion access for women, even if the pregnancy will kill her. While every woman should have the right to continue a pregnancy that poses a health risk, she should also have the right to seek medical interventions even if those interventions will kill the fetus (or if the intervention needed is abortion).
These women’s choices should not be the standard we hold all women to when faced with such heartbreaking choices. There should not be a standard to look to. We should understand that we all come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs.
A woman facing cancer should not be looked upon as anything but strong if she chooses abortion as a health/life saving measure.
A woman with a debilitating condition should not face stigma for choosing abortion over chronic pain.
A woman who has always wanted to bring a child in the world should be respected for her choice to give up her life for that child and for the experience of motherhood, no matter how fleeting.